As lighting accounts for around 15% of a typical household’s energy bills: cutting your lighting bill is one of the easiest ways to save energy and money in the home.
The two main types of light bulbs available are Compact Flourescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). Replacing a traditional bulb with an LED bulb will save you around £6 per year.
Replacing all your bulbs with LEDs will save you around £35 per year.
But remember, the easiest way of all to save money is to remember to turn your lights off whenever you leave a room!
Whenever buying a new appliance always read the energy rating label. Energy ratings labels are generally given to products based on size categories. The idea is to enable you to compare between two similarly sized products.
This means two differently sized appliances with the same energy rating may use quite different amounts of electricity. For instance an A rated 180-litre fridge freezer could cost only £39 a year to run whereas a larger 525-litre fridge freezer with a better A+ rating would cost £52 a year to run. That’s £13 a year more.
In trying to save energy it is therefore best to look for the product with the best energy rating for the size of product you require.
(Courtesy of Energy Saving Trust)
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Edinburgh, EH3 7HL
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